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Yes. Antifreeze is an additive, that you add to water, during the winter to prevent the water from freezing and busting the engine block. If you have any doubts call a mechanic and ask.

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2006 Chevy trail blazer. Keeps getting hot. Anti-freeze is full, overflow container is half full. Every time I turn it off can hear fluid in radiator boiling and bubbling?


Pam are you sure it's boiling? If the Antifreeze is boiling I'd think you'd see steam coming out of your reservoir as the water expands into the reservoir, but you didn't say you see anything like that.
Of course engines get hot, that's why we have the cooling systems but it doesn't sound like it's "boiling" to me with no signs of visible steam unless your antifreeze level is really low?

If it's really boiling, and you antifreeze level is good, then your reservoir should be getting filled up with expanded hot water that goes into it to catch it when it expands.

If the water isn't going into the reservoir, then maybe your antifreeze level in the radiator is too low and you need to add antifreeze?
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Best to fill the radiator with the engine cooled down. If you ever have to open the radiator when it's hot, NEVER open it with your bare hand as you could get scolded with boiling water. Instead use a big thick towel to remove the radiator cap off a hot engine. Again, if you can, just wait until the engine cools then open the radiator cap.

With the engine cool, you can fill the radiator with a 50/50 antifreeze mix. The 50/50 mix come premixed 50 percent water, and 50 percent antifreeze. So you can throw that stuff straight into the radiator.

Non mixed antifreeze needs to be mixed 50/50. Some people use 50 percent distilled water when they mix it because distilled water doesn't have the minerals in it that may get stuck in your radiator. That's being a bit picky about it though. Tap water works fine in a pinch. The other 50 percent is antifreeze. You can mix it right in the radiator too, put in a measured amount of the antifreeze, followed by the same measured amount of water. The water pump will mix it all together when you run the engine.

Put the cap back on and run the engine and if/when the water "boils" it should go into your reservoir. If it does boil in go in the reservoir then yes...your engine is getting hot and the antifreeze is boiling.

When the antifreeze boils, it's probably because your thermostat is stuck closed. That means the thermostat isn't letting water circulate through the radiator to get cooled. Thermostats are cheap...no more than $30 I'd say for most cars. Changing them is pretty easy too as they are usually right at the top of the engine. A mechanic may charge $100 to change it....but it's an easy job on most vehicles requiring just a couple sockets/socket wrench.

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running water instead of antifreeze might be the problem .

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If it happens when you run the A/C It could be that your A/C drain is clogged and draining to the inside of the car. If it happens while running the heat your heater core could be leaking, but that's usually on the passenger's side and you could smell the antifreeze inside the car, unless you have water in the radiator instead. Other than that inspect your door and windshield seals.

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Im looking to put water in my car because it is running hot


add to overflow reservoir, white plastic looking container with hose(s) coming off bottom. Add 50/50 antifreeze instead of water. Have thermostat checked and radiator fans checked to be sure working.

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Can i use regular water instead of coolant for my 98' 1.8T audi A4?


yes but you run the risk of an overheating problem and a coroding problem you can use any unaversal 50/50 antifreeze that you pick up from your local auto parts store

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Wasn't no problem with untel i replace my water pump. as i finish the water pump job i turn the truck on and feel it up with antifreez and at same time i turn the heat on and smell of entifreez comes out...


You have an antifreeze leak. Probably in the heater core (a small radiator inside of the dashboard that heats the air as it passes through). When the engine is running do you see any steam around the engine? Or smell the sweet antifreeze smell around the engine? If not then it is probably the heater core instead of a hose or somewhere on the engine. Does this truck have the option to switch the heater to recirculate he air inside the cab instead of drawing in outside air? If it does then you can set it to recirculate the air inside and if it still has the smell then its definitely the heater core. Often with a leaking heater core the passenger side floor and firewall area will get wet, but not always.

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My 2003 olds alero reservoir leaks


Your cooling system needs to be pressure checked to see where the leak is. certain auto parts stores rent out a pressure checker. make sure you have the cooling system full before doing the pressure test. check to see if you have a radiator cap and fill the system that way instead of using the resevoir

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Water pump needs to be replaced?


this is an easy fix and I would have a friend help you. If you have any problems or need pictures, go to a local parts place and they will have a repair manual for your car.
The standard water pump price is arround $120 so the dealership is just charging you arround $85/hour to do the work.
Make sure you replace your antifreez fluid and your thermostat at the same time, bc it is your thermostat which creates problems in the first place.
First you have bad antifreez or old antifreez, which usually acts as a lubricant for the thermostat, the thermostat freezes up, overheats the car, and the bad antifreez gets rusty, creating the erosion on the water pump.
To fix this problem, get your antifreez changed at least once a year.

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